Sometimes It Takes Years To Get The Courage To Speak

By: JML Law | September 19, 2018.
Sometimes It Takes Years To Get The Courage To Speak

If it seems like “Me Too” is everywhere, it is because sexual harassment is finally getting the attention it needs to get. Abuse, by anyone, cannot and should not be tolerated.

Over the last few weeks, the movement has hit the highest levels out of the United States government. When a college professor came forward and said the Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh attempted to rape her at a party when they were in high school, the country erupted in a furor. Since then, more women have come forward.

No matter where you are on the political spectrum, you may have one question – why did it take her 30 years to come forward? For that matter, why do women wait at all to report sexual assaults?

The answer is complicated. Anyone who has been the victim of a sexual assault will tell you that the event is psychologically traumatic. Many people simply want to move past it and never say anything. They do not want to relive the hurt.

They do not want to be shamed.

The culture in this country has generally been one of disbelief when it comes to accusers. Time and time again, when a woman has come forward and said she was assaulted by a colleague or friend, people have tended to not believe them.

Other women have seen what happens to those who come forward and simply choose to stay silent.

But not anymore.

A New Era

The “Me Too” movement has empowered women to share their stories. Events that many women have buried deep down and hidden away are resurfacing as they watch the courageous women who come forward. It has convinced many others to tell their stories.

Question the timing all you want, but it will not change the fact that women have been abused and assaulted for far too long and most of the country has not cared. Hiding this behavior is no longer an option. Excusing this behavior cannot happen.

Let us not forget that men get assaulted as well and they face an entirely different set of standards when it comes to coming forward. Many men feel like they should not report assaults and that they are supposed to take it.

“Me Too” means everyone who has experienced sexual harassment or sexual assaults.

What You Can Do Now

We know that reporting sexual misconduct can be difficult, especially if you fear workplace retaliation. We want you to know that you are not alone. The climate is changing and people are listening.

At JML Law, we will listen to your story. We will fight for your rights and work to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve for what has happened to you. When you need a sexual harassment attorney in Anaheim, you can contact us by clicking here or calling us at 818-610-8800 for a free consultation. Your time is now, and our team is here to make things right.

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